"invasion of private spheres and public places"

Strange and dark realities perforate human lives. Larger-than-life events like the pandemic, globalization, inequality, virtuality and climate change disturb the private spheres and public spaces. We are nomads, on the road to the next fata morgana, clinging on to the comfort of stories, collective events, and virtuality. Starting from personal explorations and departures, this short film creates an awareness of today's fading human sphere, attempting to make it more tangible and transparent. The footage in this poem of images, sound, music, and words is captured in Antwerp, Belgium, two days before the second lockdown, in the autumn of 2020. Is there a darker paint than grey before embarking to a darker existence? An invite to travel inside a strange but familiar landscape.

  • Nikolaas Boucquey
  • Nikolaas Boucquey
  • Nikolaas Boucquey
  • Nikolaas Boucquey
    Key Cast
  • Nikolaas Boucquey
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Arthouse, author, site-specific, artist-explorer, psychological, philosophic
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 19, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    13,000 EUR
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Full HD
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Triennale Brugge 2021 Inspired by Short film taking time, Darkentries
    July 20, 2021
    Screening Inspired by Triennal Brugge 2021
  • Luis Bunel Memorial Awards
    February 25, 2022
    Award Best Experimental Film
  • AltFF Alternative Film Festival 2021 - Toronto
    Official Selection Long Short Film (IMDb Qualifier)
  • Indie X Fest 2021 - Los Angeles
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Official Selection Best Experimental Short
  • 8 & Halfilm Awards
    February 11, 2022
    Winner Best Original Score
  • London Indie Shorts Festival
    United Kingdom
    Official selection Best Experimental Short
  • LGBTQ Unbordered International Film Festival
    February 13, 2022
    Official Selection Experimental
  • Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift
    February 15, 2022
Director Biography - Nikolaas Boucquey


2021 Short Film Taking Time: screening short film/performance
2020 Short film/music videos
2019 Docent Energy Management at HOWEST University of Applied Sciences
2016 Bachelor of Arts in Art Sciences UGent (cum laude), Major Performance and Media Art
1994 Designer, project manager, manager
1993 Master in Bio-engineering sciences
1980 Poetry / Photography / Music
1969 Birth


Short Film Taking Time: short film/performance inspired by Trienal Brugge on 20-24/07/2021 and 6-7/11/2021

The public is not present (2021), semi-finalist Indie Short Fest - L.A. Film Festival
Carnage (2021)
Darkentries (2021), semi-finalist ATFF - Toronto, semi-finalist IndieX - L.A.
Exoplanet (2020)

KoudHelderSpiegelWarm (2021)
Forlorn fields (2020)
Papillon (2020)
The writer (2020)

Wolf’s run (2020)
Online poetry: insert everywhere (2017)

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Director Statement

= Artist-explorer.
From personal and on site-specific experiences, to the larger contemporary world. The process of creation is an exploration. Deejaying media and performing art, audio-visual art, poetry. I imagine for your pleasure, surprise, and awareness. Teasing to explore.
= Accessible.
The audio-visual is rhythmic, colorful without hiding for dissonance. Sequences speak an intuitive non-reflective language, and open the senses, breaking down chronological time.
= Dada.
There are layers, and topics to be discovered. At present my dada is posthumanism, climate change, media, human drivers, the changing interactions between public spaces/private spheres/virtuality.
= Onsite objets-trouves.
Fragments of images, words, sound, music, text are objets-trouvés captured on the spot. The transcription of a comic, but also tragic existence, by meeting objects. Recruiting the sites’ specificity as one of the major actors. Before and after the site, there is the digging up of information, then there is the meeting and exploring, looking for experiences, languages, awareness, and truths....and eventually letting go to imagine another site.
= Avant-garde
Free transversal expression beyond the formal but inside conceptual frames, intentionally questioning contemporary audio-visual language and form.
= Humour
Connotation, depth, and intensity however seasoned with critical surrealist humor.
= Invite.
Let yourself be inspired beyond the obvious...My work is not mine, it is also yours. It is an invite, not a finished object. The direction and pace of that possible journey are yours to choose...